Syrian Mother Has Two New Births Amid Bombs

A Syrian refugee mother arrived at a church in Lebanon after fleeing Islamic State militants and giving birth amid bombings.

Haya* said that in her native city, undisclosed for security reasons, she had been raised an Alawite, an offshoot of Islam that Muslims regard as heretical. She had to hide her religion from the Islamic State (ISIS) troops in control of the Syrian city a few years ago, she told church leaders in Lebanon, or else they would have killed her.

ISIS carried out public executions of heretics, apostates and other “infidels” each week after mosque prayers to make an example of them, Haya said.

“Every Friday all the people in the area were obliged to attend the weekly gathering,” she said. “During that day, ISIS would organize several executions so that they put fear in the hearts of people.”